Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars

Author

Gary Golio

Illustrator

E. B. Lewis

Book Summary

Willie Johnson was born in 1897, and from the beginning he loved to sing–and play his cigar box guitar. But his childhood was interrupted when he lost his mother and his sight. How does a blind boy make his way in the world? Fortunately for Willie, the music saved him and brought him back into the light. His powerful voice, combined with the wailing of his slide guitar, moved people. Willie made a name for himself performing on street corners all over Texas. And one day he hit it big when he got a record deal and his songs were played on the radio. Then in 1977, his song–« Dark Was the Night »–was chosen to light up the darkness when it was launched into space on the Voyager I space probe’s famous Golden Record. His immortal song was selected for the way it expresses the loneliness humans all feel, while reminding us we’re not alone.

Blindness, Biographical Stories, Black Stories, Blues Musicians, Perseverance, Black, Musicians

Age Range
Ages 4 to 8 (grades K-3), Ages 9 to 12 (grades 4-7)
ISBN #
978-1524738884
Publisher
Nancy Paulsen Books
Book Category
Blind/Low Vision
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